Star Frontiers Revisited
Physical Appearance and Structure
Sathar are long, worm-like creatures. Their bodies are divided into segments, like an earthworm’s. They do not have a skeleton. Instead they support their bodies hydrostatically, by pumping fluid into the segments so they become hard. A shiny, clear slime coats their skin. Scientist believe they are warm-blooded, but no live specimen has ever been studied.
A sathar’s head tapers toward its mouth, which is circular and ringed with teeth. Each of their two eyes has two pupils. Four tentacles, two on each side of the body, are arranged about 1 meter below the head. The first pair is slender and weak looking, and about 1 meter long. These end in four smaller finger-like tentacles. The Second pair of tentacles is stronger and about 1.2 meters long. Both of these tentacles end in a paddle-like pad. This second pair is used for heavy lifting, while the smaller tentacles are used for fine work and for holding small weapons.
A sathar moves by slithering across the ground with the first meter of its body raised. Thea also can coil like a snake, raising 1.5 meters of their bodies from the ground.
The color of sathar skin varies from yellow to brown. The tentacles are the same as the body, but with a slight greenish tint. The underbelly is pale pink. A pattern of dots, speckles and stripes decorates the back of the head. These patterns are natural on some sathar, but are tattoos on others.
Some survivors of sathar attacks have reported that sathar are not effected by electrical shocks or by doze grenades, but these reports have never been confirmed.
Captured recordings show that sathar can speak Yazirian, and Human as well as Pan Gal. They hiss and lisp when they speak. Their native language has never been translated.
The sathar’s double pupils give it very wide angle vision. They can see objects in front of them and to both sides at the same time. They smell through two pits in front of their eyes. The sharpness of their senses is not known, but UPF biologist assume their hearing, smell and taste is about the same as a human’s.
Society and Customs
Almost nothing is known about sathar society. They have tried to kill every alien creature they have met in the Frontier, usually with alarming success. No one knows why the sathar attack so viciously or what they hope to gain. All attempts to contact the sathar peacefully have failed. No sathar have ever been captured alive, because they kill themselves before they can be taken. In on case, an entire sathar ship self-destructed to avoid being captured. Freeze fields have been aplied to several dead sathar in an attempt to have them revived, but biologists have not been able to find a revival technique that works on them.
Scientist have proposed several theories, based on reports from observers. The most widely accepted was written by Gdtlask Gltak, a vursk sociologist. Gltak’s theory states that all sathar belong to military units called cadres. the markings on the back of the sathar’s head identify its cadre. Each cadre trains its members as soldiers from the time they are born. Gltak theorizes that sathar attack alien worlds because their military society would fall apart if there was no enemy to fight.
Readers are warned thtat this is only a theory. Until a sathar is captured alive, their true motivation will not be known.
All sathar should be considered hostile and dangerous. Citizens of the Frontier who encounter sathar are required by law to report the incident immediately. If escaping is impossible, citizens are advised to attack on sight, as friendly approaches have always failed in the past.
Sathar also are known to use dralasite, human, vursk, and yazirian agents to overthrow Frontier governments, terrorize citizens and disrupt trade. Like the sathar themselves, these agents are extremely dangerous. Suspicious beings should be reported immediately. Citizens are discouraged from attacking sathar agents, as most are trained and experienced killers.